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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 10, 2009 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Baseball question (non-Dead, I suppose)

I just scanned through the responses so who knows if any of this has really been covered yet...

I, myself, am an SF Giants fan, which developed out of my love of most things Bay Area related, particularly the Grateful Dead. I'm on the East Coast and was raised in a Philadelphia sports household. Needless to say I'm biased and will tell you the SF Giants are the team to root for... although haven't had much to be excited about till this season.

A great baseball site - http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

A great baseball quote:
"Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young." - Roger Angell

2 great baseball comedy bits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_yq4L3M_I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmvkO5x6Ng


Certainly, there are no rules as to who you decided to root for, that's a matter of personal choice. There are, however, conditions that you need to maybe understand and get used to depending on who your team is.

One ground rule I'd make a priority to point out: There's the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The AL makes use of the Designated Hitter (DH), which replaced the pitcher in the batting order. The NL pitchers have to also step up to the plate and hit. It is widely argued among baseball fans which is better - but any clear thinking baseball fan will know that the DH is a load of crap and as such would be a fan of an NL team.

Other than that I would say that baseball is as much, if not more, about history than it is the present. It truly is a reflection on America. The history of the game, the nature of it. I may over romanticize it but baseball is special.

"They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come." - Field of Dreams

http://www.hulu.com/watch/12384/field-of-dreams-people-will-come

This post was modified by clashcity on 2009-08-10 20:22:15

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 10, 2009 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Baseball question (non-Dead, I suppose)

Nice post clash.

When we were stationed in Omaha we drove over to Iowa to see the "Field of Dreams".

Not quite as magical as in the movie, but there was an energy in the air.

I had to laugh at the blatant commercialism - underscored by the fact that the field straddles the property line of two farms and each has a souvenir shop set up hawking their wares.

I did keep looking at the cornrows half-expecting Doc "Moonlight" Graham or Shoeless Joe Jackson to come walking out.........

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 10, 2009 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Baseball question (non-Dead, I suppose)

Thanks Mando. I've enjoyed quite a few of your posts in my time here...

So it really is just Iowa, and not heaven?

That "They will come, Ray." scene still gives me goosebumps.